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Australian airlines resume flights as ash cloud dissipates

Published on Jun 1, 2014 11:48 AM
Mount Sangeang Api spews pyroclastic smoke as seen from commercial flight taken by Sofyan Efendi a profesional photographer during a flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara province, Friday afternoon on May 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: HKV / BARCROFT MEDIA

PERTH (REUTERS) - Australian airlines forced to cancel flights due to a volcanic ash cloud from Indonesia's Sangeang Api volcano resumed flying on Sunday as the plume cleared.

With the threat to Australian airspace now abating, the continuing low-level eruption of the volcano in the Sunda Islands in southern Indonesia may pose a threat to the airspace around Bali in the coming days, the agency tasked with monitoring ash in that airspace told Reuters. "With the volcano continuing to erupt, we can still see a significant amount of ash around the volcano at the moment,"Emile Jansons, manager of the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre told Reuters. "Our biggest concern at the moment is that the boundary of the ash cloud is not very far away from Bali and if there is another larger eruption then the ash could move and affect that airspace."

A large eruption of Sangeang Api on Friday sent an ash cloud high into the atmosphere that moved across northern Australia, causing the cancellation of some flights between Australia and southeast Asia and all domestic flights operating out of Darwin airport on Saturday.

The volcano is sustaining an weak eruption and the ash cloud above it is reaching just 5km above sea level, compared to 10km on Friday, Jansons said.

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